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Big Cypress Gallery, Ochopee

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  • Our group stopped here on the way to the Big Cypress Walking Tour. I will say it was very informative. We saw a lot of photos by Clyde Butcher - a famous local photographer. There was also a really co...  more »
  • Amazing photography and a very cool location. Very friendly staff Out in the middle of nowhere with lots of park access nearby. Bring food  more »
  • A must stop. Clyde Butcher is an icon. The greatest American nature photographer after Amstel Adams. Even if you do not buy anything, your appreciation of the Everglades will deepen. Plus the wonderfu...  more »
  • A great gallery with some amazing photographs of the Everglades by Clyde Butcher. A "Must Visit" when you are in the area! I also had the honor of spending a couple of hours with Clyde and enjoy his stories.
  • A must stop if you are in the area. Beautiful black & white photography. Nice self guided swamp tour.
  • Big Cypress Gallery, as a quick visit, is stunning. Photography and other art by Clyde and Nikki Butcher and others is displayed and for sale, along with hard-to-find books about the local area and its history, fun t-shirts, and one-of-a-kind sculpture. But wait, there's more! Sign up for a naturalist-led swamp walk, get wet up to your thighs, waist, or chest, depending on the route and water levels at the time of your visit, and learn about the Big Cypress in a way that mere reading or documentary viewing can't begin to touch. Everyone I've ever talked with who has done one of these walks comes away with a richer view of what South Florida really is. But wait.... If you like the place enough, and we do, rent the Swamp Cottage for a few days. We like the Gallery, people, and grounds enough that we had our wedding here, and a year later came back to reprise the experience, but this time just for the two of us. We got there in the evening, and immediately felt at home - can't explain why, just felt like the place welcomed us. Coffee in the morning looking down over the pond, watching Mama and all the little 'gators coming up on the lawn for a nice sun bath; bass and smaller fish in the pond; heron, ibis, egrets, and anhingas keeping an eye on the same fish; fat squirrels checking us out from the cypress tree right outside the windows. Canoeing on the East and Turner rivers, visiting the Shark Valley Nature Center, driving Loop Road, visiting Everglades City and Chokoloskee. Spend the evening around the fire, grilling whatever suits your taste on the gas or the charcoal grill, chat with the folks who are staying in the Bungalow, or possibly some of the staff who live on the premises. We finished up with stargazing, getting out our little portable 4" to hunt down faint fuzzies and open clusters in the Winter Milky Way, and pointing the circular fisheye lens up at the sky to capture the full horizon-to-horizon (with trees) dark sky experience. Yes, we recommend this experience to everyone who feels inspired by nature, and we will definitely be doing it again.
  • small but very impressive, if you like the masterpiece of black and white photographs.
  • The swamp tour is a never-forget memory!